Tip to police intelligence unit leads to drug-dealing arrest

Charles F. Russell. Photo courtesy of Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

A tip from the Bartholomew County and Columbus intelligence led policing unit led to the arrest of a Indianapolis man on drug-dealing charges Tuesday.

According to reports from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, police received information that fentanyl was being brought into Columbus from another community. Based on the information, deputies stopped a vehicle on North U.S. 31 at Bear Lane Tuesday. A search revealed suspected fentanyl being carried by a passenger.

25-year-old Charles F. Russell of Indianapolis was booked into the Bartholomew County jail at 5:07 a.m. Wednesday morning on preliminary charges of dealing in and possessing a narcotic drug.

The intelligence led policing unit is a combined unit with officers from the Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office.

Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers says that working collectively allows law enforcement to maximize their resources to succeed in their mission pursuing those who are distributing and abusing dangerous drugs in the county.